Until further notice, fare will not be collected for health and safety reasons
ALEXANDRIA, VA – There is good news for Alexandria residents who rely on public transportation. In its latest email newsletter, DASH announced that it will continue providing free bus rides into the new year.
This practice has been in place since March, a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
The newsletter in part reads: “We continue to monitor COVID-19 infection information, the policies of our regional transit partners and effective mitigation solutions. Based on these factors, DASH will not resume fare collection until further notice.”
Permanent barriers are being installed between the driver and passengers as well to help limit the spread of the virus. Fare collection is not expected until barriers are installed on all buses.
Passengers are still asked to enter through the rear door. Those who require access to the lift or kneeling feature to board can use the front door.
The transit company is monitoring case numbers and infection rates. Service and policies may be adjusted in response to public health trends. DASH is also following the advice and guidance of city and state health officials.